CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM
Monday, December 25, 2006
New Orleans can take some solace in the hiring and full funding of the city's new Inspector General, Robert Cerasoli, who appears to be on track to have the support he needs to get his office up and running ('The Ethics Mandate," Nov. 27). The City Charter authorized the OIG more than a decade ago, but it took this long for the City Council and the mayor to get off their duffs and make it happen. Cerasoli was appointed by a blue-ribbon Ethics Review Board (also mandated by the charter but only recently appointed), and he promises that the $3.2 million that council members put into his 2008 budget will be money well spent.